NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) —”The Lion King” took the stage this year as Broadway’s highest grossing show in 2013 while “Wicked” recorded Broadway’s highest single-week gross ever
The old-timers are going just fine, end-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday showed. The 10-year-old “Wicked” earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday, the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week.READ MORE: Coral Springs Police: 3 Separate Crime Scenes Tied To One Suspect
Another pro, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “The Lion King,” ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with nearly $97 million, despite the fact that there are five bigger theaters on Broadway. For good measure, the show pulled in $2.8 million over nine performances last week, a theater record.
Several other shows — including current Tony winner “Kinky Boots,” the 2011 Tony winner “The Book of Mormon,” the new acrobatic revival of “Pippin,” the sizzling “Betrayal” and the veteran “Chicago” — all finished 2013 with box office records.
“Kinky Boots,” with songs by Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein, earned a whopping $2.2 million over its nine-performance week, smashing the Al Hirschfeld Theatre record. The revival of “Pippin” also ended the year with a bang: It earned $1.2 million for its eight-show week ending Sunday, a house record for the Music Box Theatre.READ MORE: Brightline Celebrates 3 Years Of Service As It Nears Orlando Extension Completion
“The Book of Mormon,” which took in $90.4 million for the year, set a weekly haul record with $2.1 million over eight shows ending Sunday at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, and that old murderously wicked “Chicago” showed lots of life by pulling in $1 million over eight shows, a record at the Ambassador Theatre for a musical in its 18th year.
The revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall not only broke its own weekly record by pulling in $1.4 million over nine shows but producers also crowed that the show had made history as having the best single week for a play ever on Broadway, beating the Tom Hanks-led “Lucky Guy” that earned $1.4 million this spring.
The numbers overall were boosted by steadily increasing ticket prices, high demand from tourists swelling Times Square, reconfigured seating in some theaters and the use of premium-priced seating, in which some tickets are snapped up for very high amounts.MORE NEWS: Ronald Acuña's 1st Game In Miami Since Knee Injury, Leads Braves Past Marlins 5-3
The win for “The Lion King” is just the latest accolade for the show. This year it became the first Broadway show to earn $1 billion, and last year it swiped the title of Broadway’s all-time highest-grossing show from “The Phantom of the Opera.” It is the fourth longest-running Broadway show, behind only “Chicago,” ”Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”